Five Takeaways from BDNA Board Meeting March 2, 2023

Exploring Brentwood-Darlington:  Carrie Carlson, Potter

Carrie Carlson produces beautiful ceramic bowls, cups, dishes, and more at her home in Brentwood-Darlington.  She has been creating ceramics for 25 years, and shares her studio with her husband, a high-school arts teacher.  And she’s mom to two-year-old twins!  

Please visit Carrie’s website to see her stunning pieces, many of them glazed in contrasting colors.  Interested in Carrie’s idea for a kids’ summer ceramics camp?  Get in touch with Carrie at her website. Purchase a lovely bowl or platter while you’re there!  You may also view Carrie’s slideshow on YouTube (it begins at 15:03 of the March 3rd virtual board meeting).

Back again with “Trees in the Street” in Brentwood-Darlington

PBOT Project Manager Gena Gastaldi described a looming pilot project that, if successful, will launch similar projects across Portland.  The idea is to place trees on treeless streets that are too hot in the summer but don’t have room for trees between sidewalk and curb.   The trees will be planted in bulb-outs that extend into a street’s parking zone.  

The pilot project targets the north side of SE Duke Street between SE 72nd and 92ndavenues. Construction is scheduled to begin late in 2023.  Questions raised included the traffic-calming effects of bulb-outs (not much) and the possibility of installing fruit and nut trees to provide food for local residents (the current list of street trees does not include “food trees”).  For more information, visit the project website.

Update:  Brentwood-Darlington Community Center

Impact NW and BDNA have a plan in place for recasting the BDCC as a meet-up and gathering site, a resource center (especially for averting homelessness), and a refuge during climate-driven extreme weather events.  

Impact NW is seeking bids for building rehabilitation, and we have launched the early stages of our effort to secure endorsements and spread the word.  It is very exciting to have reached this point! 

Electronics and Bicycle Recycling, Plant and Seed Swap – April 1st at BDCC

Start collecting the tech discards you accumulated during Covid seclusion.  On April 1st, bring them to the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center (7211 SE 62nd Avenue) between 9:30am-12:30pm, and hand them over to Green Century Recycling

Stay to swap seeds and plants, donate or repair your old bicycle, and learn how recycling works.  

Update:  Sidewalk infill (Duke and Flavel streets) and Ogden-Knapp bicycle greenway

These projects are still underway.  Design is near completion; and PBOT has been acquiring rights-of-way.  Construction is slated to begin in late summer or early fall of THIS YEAR!